JBER to receive first female commander Friday
Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson will be commanded by the first woman to operate the facility, on her second assignment to the base.
Col. Patricia A. Csànk will take over the 673d Air Base Wing from Col. George Dietrich in a change-of-command ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday, JBER officials said Wednesday. Both are Air Force officers.
Base spokeswoman Keisha Lafayette confirmed Thursday that Csànk’s appointment will mark a first for the facility, formed by the combination of Elmendorf Air Force Base with the Army’s Fort Richardson.
“There is no one at her level of authority or command at her level at this point in time since we became a joint base,” Lafayette said.
Dietrich, who has commanded the 673d for three years, will move to Fort Bragg, N.C. where he will become the director of logistics for Special Operations Command.
According to an Air Force biography, Csànk joined the Air Force from Boston University’s ROTC program in 1997, rising through the ranks and being promoted to colonel in May 2016. She served at JBER from August 2010 to June 2013 as a lieutenant colonel, heading first the 673d and then the 773d Logistics Readiness Squadrons.
Her most recent assignment was as head of the 635th Supply Chain Operations Group at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois, where Air Force officials say she “was responsible for providing enterprise supply chain support for the Air Force’s 36 weapon systems and 4,450 aircraft.”
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